Step 2 CK 2,4 or 6 week study plan
Sample 4-Week Study Plan (this was the one I used):
Day 1+2. Psychiatry+Biostats+Ethics. It is good to review from the most high-yield books to get an overview, then move on successively to the more detailed books to gain a deeper understanding, and finally back to one or two most high-yield books to really memorize key facts. The key idea is to read fast without losing comprehension, and learn the material from as many different sources as you can, because Step 2 test many, many different things, and that which one review book neglects, another review might fill the gap, and vice versa. You can read in order as listed in “Books You’ll Need”, or determine the order that works best for you. For example, you can start the day by reading FA, then B&W, then Crush/Secrets, then Kaplan notes, then subject-specific review books, then UCV, then back to FA or B&W to really memorize the things in it. Make a check-off list of books you need to read, the sections to read, the number of pages, and the amount time you plan to read each one. For example (the chapter and page numbers may not correspond to yours, as I probably used older editions):
7-8:30AM: FA-15 pages
8:30AM-12PM:B&W-Psych, Rad, and Appendix – 45pgs
12:30-4PM-Crush- ch 16, 17, 32+Misc topics in Immuno (ch 13), Genetics (ch 14), Geri (ch 15), Pharm (ch 29), Rad (ch 30), Lab (ch 31), Photo (ch 33), Si&Sx (ch 34)
4-8PM (include time for Dinner)-Secrets ch. 1-8 (26 pgs), ch 21-25 (25 pgs), ch 37-41 (16 pgs)
8-10ish- USMLE World 46 random questions, timed. Then review all answers thoroughly
7AM-1PM-Kaplan notes and lunch
1-4PM- Blueprints Psych-read the whole book
4-6PM-UCV Psych, Dinner
6-8PM-Re-read FA and B&W
8-10PM-USMLE World 46 Q + review afterwards
IM-Endocrine. Just repeat the drill. For example:
7-8:30AM- FA-10 pgs
8:30-9AM- B&W- 7 pgs
9-10AM- Crush – 27 pgs
10-11:30AM- Secrets- 33 pgs
11:30AM-1PM-Lunch, Kaplan Notes ch 2, 4 (36 pgs), Sec III (27 pgs)
1-2:30PM- Step Up ch 4 42 pgs
2:30-3:30PM- High Yield- ch 2- 26 pg
3:30-5PM- FA Medicine-Endo section 36 pg
6-8PM- Re-read FA or B&W
8-10- USMLE World 46 Q
Day 4. Neuro+Ophtho. Just do the same as before. You get the idea. Devise your own schedule for the day that you can keep. Read all the relevant sections in the general review books for the subject of the day, then read the subject-specific review books, and back to FA or B&W, then questions.
Day 5. Cardio.
Day 6. Pulmonary
Day 7. Renal
Day 8. MSK = Rheum+Ortho
Day 9. Heme/Onc
Day 10. GI
Day 11. GI+ Catch-up (trust me, you will fall behind schedule)+ID
Day 12. ID
Day 13. ID+Derm
Day 14. Derm+Catch-up
Day 15. EM+Surgery
Day 16. EM+Surgery Catchup
Day 17. More catch-up+ OB/Gyn
Day 18. OB/Gyn
Day 19. OB/Gyn+Self-Test (you can use 4-6 blocks of USMLE World, or the equivalent in another question bank/book)
Day 20. Peds
Day 21. More Peds
Day 22. Full-length Test (9 blocks) – try to simulate actual test condition as much as possible
Day 23. Rapid Review of everything in B&W+catchup+more practice questions if time permits
Day 24. Another Full-length Test
Day 25. Cramming Day 1-Re-read FA, B&W for Psych, Endo, Neuro, Cards, then practice Q’s
Day 26. Cramming Day 2- Re-read FA, B&W for Pulm, Renal, MSK, Heme/Onc, GI, then practice Q’s
Day 27. Cramming Day 3- Re-read FA, B&W for ID, Derm, Surg, EM, then practice Q’s
Day 28. Cramming Day 4- Re-read FA, B&W for OB/Gyn, Peds, then practice Q’s
Day 29. Last Day of studying- Finish all unfinished USMLE World question, if you haven’t already (you should have). Try to skim through FA or B&W again. Relax, and have a good night’s sleep.
Day 30. Take the test.
Sample 2-wk Study Plan:
If you only have two weeks to study, you need to use the most high-yield books. Forget all subject-specific review books now. Forget Kaplan notes (too much reading). Just use FA, B&W, and USMLE World, +/- Crush/Secrets/UCV.
For a sample schedule, just combine every 2 consecutive days in the 4-wk study plan above into 1, for example, Days 1 and 2 becomes Day 1, Days 3 and 4 becomes Day 2, etc.
Make sure to go through all of USMLE World, and all of FA and B&W. It is best to read FA and B&W at least 3 times to really get it down. Good luck.
Sample 6-wk Study Plan:
With 6 wks, you have the luxury of more time for a more thorough review. Spread out the 4-wk study plan above, so that each Day in that schedule become a day and a half in your 6-wk schedule. You can use the extra time to read additional review books, re-read FA and B&W, or do more practice questions. Make sure to know FA and B&W really well, and read them 5-7 times each. Have fun.